dr hab. Bożena Kucała (Head of the Department)

Assistant Professor, since 2014 head of the Department of Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture in the Institute of English Studies. Graduate of the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University; also studied at the University of Kent, Canterbury and The University of Edinburgh; recipient of The Corbridge Trust scholarship (Robinson College, University of Cambridge). Her doctoral thesis, The Concept of History and Its Representations in Selected Contemporary English Fiction, explored notions of history in the fiction of Graham Swift, Julian Barnes, Peter Ackroyd and Penelope Lively. Her habilitation book Intertextual Dialogue with the Victorian Past in the Contemporary Novel (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012) analysed intertextuality in neo-Victorian fiction. Research interests: contemporary British and Irish fiction (Graham Swift, A.S. Byatt, John Banville), the work of J.M. Coetzee, the contemporary historical novel, neo-Victorian fiction.

2011-12 co-ordinated (with Dr Izabela Curyłło-Klag) a Visegrad project entitled “Confronting the Burden of History. Anglophone Literature Studies in V4 countries”. Organised (with Dr hab. Robert Kusek) the 21st Conference of the Polish Association for the Study of English in Kraków in 2012; „Travelling Texts: Encounters of Literatures” − an international conference on comparative literature, Kraków 2014 (with Dr hab. Robert Kusek); a seminar on  “Repetition, Replication and Retelling in 21st Century Fiction” (with Dr hab. Katarzyna Bazarnik), Institute of English Studies, Kraków 2018. A member of the Polish Association for the Study of English (PASE) and ESSE, 2009-15 also a member of PASE Board, since 2018 on the PASE Review Commission.

Teaches courses in English literature (Victorian to contemporary).

Selected publications:

Co-edited books:

Powieść brytyjska w XXI wieku: szkice. Red. Ewa Kowal, Bożena Kucała, Robert Kusek. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2018.

 

Travelling Texts: J.M. Coetzee and Other Writers. Ed. Bożena Kucała, Robert Kusek. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014.

 

The Art of Literature, Art in Literature. Ed. Magdalena Bleinert, Izabela Curyłło-Klag, Bożena Kucała. Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, 2014.

 

Confronting the Burden of History: Literary Representations of the Past. Ed. Izabela Curyłło-Klag, Bożena Kucała. Kraków: Universitas, 2012.

 

James Joyce and After: Writer and Time. Ed. Katarzyna Bazarnik, Bożena Kucała. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

 

Selected articles and book chapters since 2013:

 

„Mała apokalipsa na angielskiej prowincji. Wish You Were Grahama Swifta,” Powieść brytyjska w XXI wieku: szkice. Red. Ewa Kowal, Bożena Kucała, Robert Kusek. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2018. 95-108.

 

“Historia, historie i baśnie w The Children’s Book A.S. Byatt,” Powieść brytyjska w XXI wieku: szkice. Red. Ewa Kowal, Bożena Kucała, Robert Kusek. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2018. 81-94.

 

“David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas: A History of the World as a (Re)Cycle,” Acta Philologica 52 (2018): 57-67.

 

“John Banville’s Ghosts: ‘A Different Way of Being Alive’,” Anglica Wratislaviensia 55 (2017): 71-84.

 

“Penelope Lively’s Autobiographical Memory,” Brno Studies in English 43.1 (2017): 157-169.

 

“The Myth of Paradise in Graham Swift’s Ever After,” Travelling Around Cultures: Collected Essays on Literature and Art. Ed. Zsolt Győri, Gabriella Moise. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. 132-143.

 

“Memory and the Splitting of the Self in John Banville’s The Sea,” Lublin Studies in Modern Languages and Literature 40:1 (2016): 9-23.

 

„Obrazy na ścianie pamięci. Morze Johna Banville’a,” Powieść irlandzka w XXI wieku. Szkice. Red. Ewa Kowal, Robert Kusek. Kraków, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2016. 43-55.

 

 

“Unspoken Dialogues and Non-listening Listeners in Graham Swift’s Fiction,” Brno Studies in English 41:1 (2015): 117-129.

 

“Ignorance Is Strength: Kazuo Ishiguro’s and Graham Swift’s Argument against Knowledge,” American and British Studies Annual 8 (2015): 74-83.

 

”Writers at the Gate: Last Pronouncements in J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello and Diary of a Bad Year,” J.M. Coetzee: Dead Ends and Beyond. Ed. Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim and Tomasz Wiśniewski. Gdańsk: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego, 2015. 81-93.

 

“On Lost Causes: Zbigniew Herbert and J.M. Coetzee,” Travelling Texts: J.M. Coetzee and Other Writers. Ed. Bożena Kucała and Robert Kusek. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014.

35-47.

 

“The Rights and Wrongs of Desire: J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and André Brink’s The Rights of Desire,Studia Litteraria Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensis, 9:2 (2014): 141-150.

 

“In Dialogue with Dickens: Ronald Frame’s Havisham,Face to Face, Page to Page. PASE Papers in Literature Language and Culture. Ed. Dorota Babilas, Agnieszka Piskorska, Paweł Rutkowski. Warszawa: Instytut Anglistyki, Uniwersytet Warszawski: 2014. 347-355.

 

“The Colours of Life: A.S. Byatt’s The Matisse Stories.” The Art of Literature, Art in Literature. Ed. Magdalena Bleinert, Izabela Curyłło-Klag, Bożena Kucała. Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, 2014. 45-54.

 

 “Giving up the Struggle for Life: J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and The Life and Times of Michael K,” Werkwinkel 8(2) (2013): 33-48.

 

“John Banville’s Shroud: A Deconstructionist’s Confession,” Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 48.2-3 (2013): 93-102.